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The Wigan Flashes were formed through the extraction of coal, which led to subsidence and extensive flooding. The project of enhancing the Wigan Flashes is very much a working partnership of the Lancashire Wildlife Trust and Wigan Council who owns much of the land. The Wigan Flashes Working Group was formed to guide and monitor the ecological management, planning and implementation of work on the Flashes, This initiative has evolved into Greenheart, a project to develop a Regional Park in the Wigan area. The area is a part of the Greater manchester Wetland Localy desiganated NIA which covers the area from Warrington and Woolston Eyes, through the mosslands to Chorley in the north. The Wigan Flashes Conservation and Community Group were formed to represent the views and opinions of the people who regularly use the site.


Wigan Flashes are a group of eight shallow wetlands, formed originally as a result of mining subsidence, which extends south from near Wigan's town centre. Over time, the industrial landscape has evolved in to a mixture of open water, reedbed, mossland, willow carr and fenland. Management of the site aims to further enhance it to become one of the most important wildlife sites in the North West. Work already carried out at the site has made quantifiable improvements in terms of habitat development and recreational amenity. Important species include willow tit, bittern and gadwall. Kingfisher and a range of other wetland birds also nest here.